Name: Jo Stroud
Store: Owner, Fabulous
Location: St Tropez
Duration: 2 weeks
Paul and I rented a townhouse with a mooring in Port Grimaud, the marina across the bay from St Tropez. We hired a motorboat, and spent a lovely 2 weeks zipping around the bay, anchoring off Pampelonne Beach, and swimming in the gorgeous warm water.
Dressy clothes and jewellery – this is St Tropez after all!
A few bikinis
Flat shoes – it’s very hilly!
Highlights: We had dinner at a gorgeous chateau one evening, which has an amazing view down to the sea, across the hills around St Tropez, and watched an impressive electrical storm – it’s still a really green, wild, unspoiled area, nothing like the busier side of the South of France, over towards Cannes and Nice.
We were also there on Bastille Day, so had a great view of the fireworks in St Maxime on one side of the bay, and St Tropez on the other.
Top tips: Stay in Port Grimaud – then you can take an inexpensive ferry across to St Tropez for dinner in the evenings, rather than worrying about driving and parking; or paying an arm and a leg for a taxi.
Plan to do some shopping – although there are plenty of madly expensive Gucci, Bulgari, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana boutiques, there are also a lot of surprisingly inexpensive and very lovely independent stores, with great clothes, jewellery, homewares and foodie treats.
Head away from the harbour area in St Tropez for dinner – leave that for the tourists! In the winding alleyways are plenty of busy, excellent and perfectly affordable eateries and bars which are buzzing with all nationalities.
Favourite outfit: To be honest, I spent most of the 2 weeks in a bikini on the boat! But in the evenings, a couple of dresses from Phase 8 and Reiss, and a pair of white jeans, stood me in good stead.
What was in your fabulous jewellery roll?
My Nikki Lissoni sets – I have three – are perfect for holiday. Versatile, easy to wear, and fun to mix and match.
My ChloBo gold stack – bracelets in Red Tiger’s Eye and Yellow Gold – rarely left my wrist every evening; teamed with my Thomas Sabo gold stud earrings.
And my white CK watch is perfect for the sunny South of France.